Brisson, Frederick, 1912-1984.

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Actor's agent and stage and film producer; b. in Denmark; resident of the U.S.

From the description of Frederick Brisson collection, 1971-1980. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70971700

Frederick Brisson, theatrical and film producer, was born Carl Ejner Frederik Pederson on March 17, 1913, in Copenhagen.

His father, Carl Brisson, was a well-known boxer who went on to become a stage and film actor, and concert hall performer. Frederick Brisson spent his early years in Denmark, and later joined his parents in England where he attended school. He began his theatrical career as a manager in the 1930s, and also worked for Gaumont-British as associate producer on several films. After starting his own talent agency in London he went to Hollywood to take a job in a theatrical management business. The war intervened, however, and Brisson served in the United States Army Air Force from 1941-1945. He married actress Rosalind Russell on October 25, 1941. The Brissons had one son, Lance, born in 1943. Following the war, Frederick Brisson produced a number of successful Broadway shows, including DAMN YANKEES, THE PAJAMA GAME, UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE, GENERATION, TWIGS, and COCO, several of which he brought to the screen as well. Other film credits include NEVER WAVE AT A WAC, THE VELVET TOUCH, and THE GIRL RUSH. Brisson's 1971 film production MRS. POLLIFAX -- SPY, marked the final appearance of his wife Rosalind Russell, who died in 1976.

From the description of Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122579695

Frederick Brisson, theatrical and film producer, was born Carl Ejner Frederik Pedersen on March 17, 1913 in Copenhagen. His father, Carl Brisson, was a well-known boxer, who went on to a career as a stage and film actor, and concert hall performer. Frederick Brisson spent his early years in Denmark and later joined his parents in England where he attended school. He began his theatrical career in Britain in the 1930's as a theatrical manager. He also worked with Gaumont-British as associate producer on several films. After starting his own talent agency in London he went to Hollywood to take a job as junior partner of Frank W. Vincent in his theatrical management business. Brisson served in the United States Army Air Force from 1941-1945. He was married to the actress Rosalind Russell on October 25, 1941. The Brissons had one son, Lance, born in 1943. Miss Russell died in November 1976. Brisson married Arlette Janssens on May 4, 1978, but was separated from her at the time of his death on October 8, 1984.

Among Brisson's successful theatrical productions were The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, (produced with Harold Prince and Robert Griffith), Generation, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Twigs, and Coco . Brisson is credited with introducing several British playwrights including Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, and Peter Shaffer to American audiences. Brisson also brought several of his Broadway successes including The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Five Finger Exercise, Generation, and Under the Yum Yum Tree to the screen, either as sole producer or in partnership. Other film credits include Never Wave at a WAC, The Velvet Touch, The Girl Rush, and Mrs. Pollifax - Spy .

Alfie1964 The Caretaker1961 Coco1969 Damn Yankees1955 Dance a Little Closer1983 First Love1961 Five Finger Exercise1959 Five Finger Exercise (Motion picture) 1962 The Flip Side1968 The Gazebo1958 Generation1965 Generation (Motion picture) 1969 The Girl Rush (Motion picture) 1955 Jumpers1974 Mixed Couples1980 Moonlight Sonata1938 Mrs. Pollifax - Spy (Motion picture) 1971 New Girl in Town1957 Never Wave at a WAC (Motion picture) 1952 The Pajama Game1954 The Pajama Game (Motion picture) 1957 The Pleasure of His Company1958 Snacks1982-1983 (did not open) So Long, 174th Street1976 The Time of the Barracudas1964 (closed before New York opening) Twigs1971 Under the Yum Yum Tree1960 Under the Yum Yum Tree (Motion picture) 1963 The Velvet Touch (Motion picture) 1948

From the guide to the Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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referencedIn Museum of the City of New York. Personality files, [ca. 1800]-1986, 1900-1986 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Brisson, Frederick, 1912-1984. Frederick Brisson collection, 1971-1980. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Russell, Rosalind. Papers, 1930-1970. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Brisson, Frederick, 1913-1984. Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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New York (State)--New York
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Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Motion pictures--Production and direction
Theatrical producers and directors
Theater--Production and direction
Motion pictures--United States
Theater--New York (State)--New York
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Motion picture producers and directors--United States
Theatrical producers and directors--United States
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Birth 1912-03-17

Death 1984-10-08

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